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May 3, 2011 SDF Waste Management And Recycling

On May 3, 2011 in Menlo Park at Orrick, SDForum’s Green and Clean Evening Series presented “Waste Management and Recycling.” Greg Heibel of Orrick moderated panelists Nick Drobac of The Clean Oceans Project, Randy Hawks of Claremont Creek Ventures, Annie Hazelhurst of Draper Fisher, Haider Nazar of Verliant and Julie Rapoport of CalStar Products. Text from DJCline.com

More people means more waste and the challenges to deal with it. This meeting of emerging waste mitigation companies, socially responsible venture investment firms, non-profit environmental groups discussed building sustainable and environmentally compatible products for full life cycle of consumer waste management, treatment, recovery and containment. Opportunities exist in sorting and conversion of waste into energy and fuel needs. Flyash from coal burning plants can be made into bricks. A vending machine can recycle an old cell phone and pay you for it. Fishnets can have identifying fibers that can be traced back to the manufacturer. Dairy farms can recover methane for fuel.

In each case, entrepreneurs look for a steady supply of waste and the market for it. They do not build their business plans around constantly changing government policies that vary around the world.

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Feb. 2, 2011 SDF Corporate Sustainability

On Wednesday, February 2, 2011 in Menlo Park at Orrick, SDForum presented as part of their Green and Clean Evening Series “The State of Corporate Sustainability.” Mitch Zuklie of Orrick moderated Michael Beutler of SAP, Joyce Dickerson of Stanford University, Brian Goncher of Deloitte, Bruce Klafter of Applied Materials and Andrew Williamson of Physic Ventures. Building sustainability into an organization’s DNA improves efficiency, competitiveness and profitability.

Reaching sustainability is as much an attitude as a process. Any organization can benefit from rethinking how it does business. Examine your costs. Can you eliminate travel by teleconferencing? Would it be better to have all your employees in the same geographic location or time zone? Can social networking internally and externally increase communication and productivity? How much office space do you really need? Is there a service than can be delivered with less energy or product with less packaging? If you convert most of your information to online, can you reduce your costs with more energy efficient IT centers?

Beyond your company, can you offer services that help your customers be more efficient and sustainable than their competitors? Anticipate their need and you will beat the competition.

For more information check out James Downey’s article.

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Oct. 28, 2010 SDF Stimulus Report Card

On Thursday, October 28, 2010 in Menlo Park at Orrick, SDForum presented as part of its Green and Clean Evening Series “A Report Card on the Stimulus Package.” Mitch Zuklie of Orrick moderated panelists Chris Dier of Solaria, Corwin Hardham of Makani Power, Mark Iwanowski of Trident Capital, Dr. John T. Kelly of Altex Technologies and Seth Miller of DBL Investors.

Federal stimulus in high technology goes back to the Cold War and has paid back its investment many times. The panel discussed the recent impact of the $787 billion stimulus bill on green and clean technology. It was a collection of tax benefits, entitlements, contract, grants and loans that is now bearing fruit. There are several quite visible in changes in Silicon Valley. Tesla Motors received a $465 million award from the US Department of Energy and they are now hiring at the old NUMMI plant in Fremont. Down the street is Solyndra who will be opening a solar panel plant with a $535 million award. Brightsource has another award of $1.4 billion. Last week in California, the government approved the construction of the largest solar panel facility on federal land in the Mojave Desert. Wind turbines are going up all over the country. Corwin Hardham of Makani Power demonstrated a new way to generate power using aircraft.

People need to remember that stimulus money is just that and not a subsidy like that given to older existing energy companies. It can take a long time for research and development money to result in new business and jobs. Only a consistent political commitment to new technology will result in consistent returns of investment to the public.

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May 6, 2010 SDF Green Supply Chains

On Thursday, May 6, 2010 in Menlo Park at Orrick, SDForum presented its Green and Clean Evening Series: “The Modern Green Supply Chain ? Marrying Profitability & Sustainability?” Mitch Zuklie of Orrick moderated panelists Judy Glazer of Hewlett-Packard, Stephen Meller of Procter and Gamble, Jamie O’Halloran of GXS, Alex Salkever of Picarro, and Andrew Williamson of Physic Ventures.

They discussed the information and communications technology (ICT) industry efforts to create sustainable supply chains using the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) guidelines. Opportunities exist for companies like Picarro, which can take a sample of a product and determine if it is a green product or not. HP has been examining its supply chain and improving efficiencies for over twenty years. P&G developed coldwater detergents that eliminate the need for heating water and save energy. GXC and Physic Ventures constantly look at the logistics from a green perspective knowing in the long run it may not only save money, but make it.

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Apr. 9, 2010 SDF Analytics Revolution

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On Friday April 9, 2010 in Mountain View at the Microsoft Auditorium SDForum held “The Analytics Revolution Conference.” The fact that you can now do large-scale analytics changes the way you model and run your company. Text from DJCline.com

Dan’l Lewin of Microsoft did the welcome and introduced the opening keynote speaker Ronny Kohavi of Microsoft formerly of Amazon. Kohavi presentation “Online Controlled Experiments: Listening to the Customers, not to the HiPPO.” The Highest Paid Person in an Organization is a HiPPO and while they may sign the paychecks, it is the customer that sends him the money. If you don’t properly analyze the data you will miss important cues that drive more sales. Ask what you are optimizing for.

David Steier of PricewaterhouseCoopers moderated panelists DJ Patil of LinkedIn, Ken Rudin of  Zynga, Neel Sundaresen of Ebay and Kevin Weil of Twitter. They discussed Competing on Analytics at the Highest Level.” The demand for professionals with solid database development is increasing. Look for people with experience in Oracle data warehousing, SQL, Cloudera, Vertica, Tableau, Hadoop, Pig and Memcache D. Start budgeting and being very nice to the database people you hire.

Sanjay Poonen of SAP gave the second keynote presentation “Leading the Analytics Revolution.” You can now do analytics from mobile devices like the iPhone using SAP apps.

Owen Thomas of VentureBeat moderated panelists Amr Awadalla of Cloudera, Joshua Klahr of Yahoo, James Phillips of Northscale and Joydeep Sen Sarma of Facebook. They discussed “Analyzing Big Data.” Cloud computing frees you from poorly structured datasets tied to old hardware. Learn Hadoop and MapReduce to process big data, awesome data and stupendous amounts of data.

Before and during lunch there were short pitches from exhibitors and startups like Karmasphere, Accept Software, Agilis Solutions, Aster Data, CTPartners, Dyyno, Execustaff, IBM, KXEN, Medallia and MergerTech.

Peter Norvig of Google gave the third keynote presentation “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data.” Believe it or not, more data means better results. The closer two points are to each other, the more likely they might share the same characteristics. The original picture of Mona Lisa will be at the center of a cluster.

Brett Sheppard of BigDataNews.com moderated panelists Jie Cheng ofAcxiom, Vispi Daver of Sierra Ventures, Peter Farago of Flurry, Tom McLaughlin of Accept Software and Jeff Minich of CalmSea. They discussed “New Frontiers for Analytics.” The breakthroughs in analytics are speeding up business cycles.

Jeff Kreulen of  IBM gave the fourth keynote presentation “Analytics: An Applied Researcher’s Perspective”

Harold Yu, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP moderated panelists Stacey Curry Bishop of Scale Ventures, Asheem Chandna of Greylock, Kevin Efrusy of Accel, Sumeet Jain of CMEA and Lars Leckie of Hummer Winblad. They discussed “The Investor Perspective.” They don’t want invest in anything that will quickly become a generic commodity. Companies want more than a small incremental lift. They want analytics to give them a dramatic change in the way they do business.

Jaap Suermondt of HP Labs gave the fourth keynote presentation “Research in Analytics for Operational Impact at HP.” A commitment to R&D at HP is producing clear improvements to everyday operations.

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Dec. 3, 2009 SDF Mobile Internet

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On December 3, 2009 in Menlo Park at Orrick, SDForum’s Mobile SIG presented “Mobile Internet” with Trinh Ngo of WiChorus Tellabs. As seen with the Apple iPhone and AT&Ts 3G network, the rise of better performing mobile devices requires a better network infrastructure to deal with the explosion in traffic. This provides opportunities for phone companies to increase the average revenue per user (ARPU). Ngo discussed what is driving demand, the network transformation that must take place for radio access, backhaul and packet cores. He thinks the future standard for mobile devices will not be WiMax but LTE. While some complain about the speed of their networks, it us not the the only reason for slow connections. The speed of phones is limited by battery power. A faster connection would drain your phone in a few minutes unless you want to leave it plugged in. Build a better battery AND a better network.Text from DJCline.com.

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Oct. 26, 2009 SDF Will Bunker Match.com

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On October 26, 2009 in Menlo Park at Orrick, SDForum’s International SIG hosted Will Bunker, pioneer of One-and-Only.com, now known as Match.com. He talked about social media and his work with White Space Ventures and a new student-centric online learning community, YoYoBrain.com. If you want to go into social media, structure your business so it runs independently of your other projects. Develop a service that attracts customers rather than paying for demographic information. Consider second tier advertisers for steady revenue.

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Sept. 3, 2009 SDF Android

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On September 3, 2009 in Menlo Park at the Orrick campus, SDForum’s Mobile SIG hosted Marko Gargenta of Marakana. Gargenta helped create the The San Francisco Android User Group (www.sfandroid.org). He talked about the Google – Android mobile handset operating system and the eCommerce store called Android Market. He also discussed a concept for deploying a TV series to multiple platforms and connecting its community of fans using locative media. Text from DJCline.com

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Aug. 6, 2009 SDF doubleTwist

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On August 6, 2009 in Menlo Park at the Orrick campus, SDForum’s Mobile SIG hosted the leaders of doubleTwist, CEO Monique Farantzos, CTO Jon Lech Johansen and COO Goetz Weber.

Their presentation focused on distribution of digital media and the concepts of open vs. closed ecosystems. What is going on between Apple and doubleTwist? What are the trends in moving content across platforms? Can content move easily between Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and your TV, laptop and cell phone? The platform doubleTwist presents is an open framework for new kinds of messaging.

They have had some success in Japan. Customers use their software to download content onto their cell phones and share it with family and friends. The software can be bundled with SD chips or other media and loaded onto almost any mobile device.

They are up to something. Stay tuned or even iTuned.

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Aug. 6, 2009 SDF Green Enterprise

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On August 6, 2009 in Menlo Park at the Orrick campus, SDForum held the third Green and Clean Evening session on “Where is the Enterprise Going Green?” Matt Denesuk of IBM Venture Capital Group, Chris Erickson of ClimateEarth, Chris Farinacci of Hara Software, Anne Marie Feldhusen of Hewlett-Packard, John Hailey of Cisco, and Amrit Williams of BigFix. Text stolen from DJ Cline

Enterprise in hard times are pressed to reduce costs and increase efficiency. The panel gave examples on how going green can help do both. They also talked about the challenges and opportunities that can lead to profitability for those who know where to look.

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July 27, 2009 SDF Private Equity Global Investments

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On July 27, 2009 at Orrick in Menlo Park SDForum’s International SIG presented an international private equity panel to discuss “Global Investments”. Harold Yu of Orrick moderated panelists Jai Choi of Partech, Danny Cohen of Gemini and Howard Lee of H Lee Ventures. Text from DJCline.com

If you want to get the attention of an investor, don’t try a cold call or e-mail. Get an introduction from someone they already know through social networking. Your idea should be unique, global in scope but dominating a local market. A silly example would be a social network for pets that is targeted to dominate the South Korean market.Text from DJCline.com

There was no consensus on if the global economy has reached the bottom. Nobody knows. The long loud crash seems to have slowed but signs of growth are hard to find. Europe and North America appear “dead”. Asia, from Israel to China, has the greatest potential for growth. Even that will not live up to expectations anytime soon. For most developed countries a GDP annual growth of one percent would be wonderful. China’s GDP will grow at a little over six percent, which is half of last year’s growth. Africa continues to be largely ignored for investment. Text from DJCline.com

The United States and Silicon Valley must deal with regulatory and educational challenges to remain competitive. We are no longer the first destination for new ideas or capital. Students from other countries now go back to their home countries to start companies.You have to live in a growing market to understand and profit from it. Text from DJCline.com

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Jan. 15, 2009 SDF Australia

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On January 15, 2009 at the Quadrus Conference Center in Menlo Park, SDForum and Austrade held the third annual “Australian Innovation – A Shoot Out”. Continue reading Jan. 15, 2009 SDF Australia

Aug. 21, 2008 SDF Clean And Green

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On August 21, 2008 at Orrick’s Menlo Park campus, SDForum hosted “Green and Clean Dinner Three: Where’s The Money?” focusing on the role of technology and business in finding solutions. Text from DJCline.com.

Mitchell Zuklie of Orrick moderated panelists Adam Boucher of Adam Capital, Mike Hess of Mariah Power, Oleg Kaganovich of DFJ Frontier, Peter Liu of New Resource Bank and Thomas Schulz of Cleantech Circle. Text from DJCline.com.

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Mike Hess of Mariah Power did not want to retire. He wanted to do something for his grandchildren and society at large. You commit your own money in a startup. He wrote the first check at Mariah for a third of their common stock. He rounded up investors and filed twelve patents for over a little over two million dollars. They need three. He thinks VCs have become financiers rather than bettors on technology. It is hard to get their heads around industrial products and invest in this country rather than China. Europe is fifteen years ahead of the United States in clean tech. We need to catch up. Attracting talent with stock is not a problem when building a diverse and experienced team. The key risk is the market. Text from DJCline.com.

Peter Liu of New Resource Bank was asked by retirement funds to look into green investments in 2004. He thought it was better to create a bank that put money into sustainable resource businesses rather than sub-prime mortgages. Semiconductor and biotech skills from universities or national labs transfer well to clean tech. Foundations as investors are torn between return on investment and whatever their mission might be. They might invest in a company that makes mosquito nets to fight malaria rather than a local clean tech company that might get funding anyway. The home runs in software technology are usually tweaking code or marketing versus fiddling with physics and chemistry. The key risk is finance. They look for screened referrals from experienced serial entrepreneurs. Text from DJCline.com.

Thomas Schulz of Cleantech Circle focuses on biology and chemistry while his other partners deal with other categories. Deals come from people they know from their own network. He thinks American universities could learn from Germany about patents. If a company fails to use a patent it falls back to the university. The key risk is finance. He sees a huge gap between angel investing and VCs. What attracts attention? Credibility. There are a lot of perpetual motion schemes being pitched. He thinks water business is hard to sell. Text from DJCline.com.

Oleg Kaganovich of DFJ Frontier says there is more competition for deals through institutional investors or the Sand Hill crowd. Clean tech is more than solar, it is industrial engineering and material substitution. Companies can be in Michigan or Alabama far from traditional Silicon Valley investors. He thinks there is a lot of useful research from universities and national labs. The key risk is execution. He thinks water issues are overlooked. They can get 2500 business plans but invest in only 21. What attracts attention? A referral from Orrick or someone you trust that has a company that is ready to go. Text from DJCline.com.

Adam Boucher of Adam Capital makes loans based on pledged collateral assets of 160 percent of the loan. Green energy is their growth niche. It is spread across the country and scaled on the source like methane or wind. There is potential in using old technology in new ways. Phase change technology like turning water into steam energy can be applied to new materials like butane or freon because they change states at a lower temperature to take better advantage of geothermal or solar. Low tech solutions can be deployed in third world countries with great effect. The key risk is finance. They look for exit strategies. Text from DJCline.com.

What was learned? Investing clean technology is more difficult than software. It forces us to deal with the limits of physics, chemistry and finance in a way not seen since the industrial revolution. Text from DJCline.com.

Kathy Brozek attended this event. Everyone who registered and attended these events consented to have their picture taken. This policy was put forth by SDForum CEO Susan Lucas Conwell for all SDForum events when you register for the event.

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